astronomy

Myths about the earth

December 4, 2008

Ooh ooh ooh, Bad Astronomy posted (a while ago) a fabulous list of Ten Things You Didn’t Know about the Earth. If you dig my science myths, check this one out. Such gems as “The earth is smoother than a billiard ball,” “Destroying the earth is hard,” and “Mt. Everest isn’t the biggest mountain.” See […]

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NASA Images Site

August 31, 2008

Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy just spread the word about a sort-of-new NASA site with beautiful zoomable images from NASA. Phil writes: They have a ton of very cool images there, I must say. When they load, they are fitted to your screen, but then you can zoom in or out, which is fun. […]

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Neat news! Saturn’s moon has a liquid lake!

August 2, 2008

I almost never post any science news, but this one was big enough to make it over my radar, in part because of the webcasts that I did at the Exploratorium on Titan. NASA CONFIRMS LIQUID LAKE ON SATURN MOON PASADENA, Calif. — NASA scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes […]

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Solar eclipse live in Second Life! August 1

July 27, 2008

Any of you Second-Lifers out there, who are also crazy enough to stay up all night to watch an eclipse, come to one of many locations in Second Life the night of July 30/August 1. Totality is at 4:09 am Linden Time, but the party starts earlier than that. Put it on your calendars! Should […]

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Is Pluto further away than the stars?

July 26, 2008

I’ve just posted a new episode of my Science Teaching Tips podcast — Which is Closest? Which is farthest away from the earth, the stars or Pluto? The answer may be obvious to you, but a lot of people get this wrong.  Here’s the task — arrange these in the order from closest to furthest […]

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